Automotive Engineering

This zone covers the materials, processes, equipment and expertise used in vehicle development, from turbochargers to transmissions.

2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 19, 2018 at 6:17 AM

The thing about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec is not the thing that most people might think of about the car.

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NIO’s Growing Numbers: Small But Notable

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 17, 2018 at 6:55 AM

The ES8 from Shanghai-based NIO is a seven-seat, fully electric SUV.

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NACTOY and Product Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM

OEMs have plenty on their proverbial plates right now, things that are requiring non-trivial investments, things like electrification and automation. So one might excuse them from having a lot of product on offer.

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GM Is Confident about Its QDR

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Today General Motors announced that anyone who buys a new Chevy or GMC vehicle in the U.S. has the opportunity to add a “true, extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty” that spans five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) and that buyers of Buicks and Cadillacs can get six years or 70,000 miles added to their monthly payment plan.

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Ford Makes a Sharper Edge

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 6:19 AM

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is a variant of the midsize SUV that has been amped up by the folks at Ford Performance.

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2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum and R-Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 09, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Back in 2004, Volvo introduced a concept vehicle, called “Your Concept Vehicle,” in which case the pronoun essentially referred to women because as the company pointed out, the YCC was “the first car designed and developed almost exclusively by women.” Some would say that Volvo was ahead of its time—way ahead—with this idea.

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GM and Honda Collaborate on AVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 03, 2018 at 10:42 AM

General Motors, and Cruise, the AV technology company that it owns, are collaborating with Honda to develop a purpose-built AV that will be used by Cruise and, more importantly, be “manufactured at high volume for global deployment.” This is no science experiment.

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Engineering the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Bigger, bolder and. . .lighter. And with impressive powertrain technology, to boot.

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Creating the 2019 Kia Forte

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Not only is it Kia’s best-selling vehicle, it is the one that brings people to the brand. So for the third generation of the compact, they’ve elevated their game.

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The VW Cargo Bike

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 01, 2018 at 6:53 AM

We’ve got to give Dr. Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Brand's Board of Management, a whole lot of credit for being engaged with the vehicles that his operation developed.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 25, 2018 at 6:50 AM

The thing about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is that it comes with a certain pedigree that most people are probably unaware of.

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Bob Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 24, 2018 at 6:39 AM

Bob Lutz launched himself into the auto industry in 1963, and the ramifications of that have changed the auto industry as we know it today, even though Lutz’s last “official” position in the auto industry, vice chairman of General Motors, came to an end in 2010.

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